Summer roundup

I was a little disappointed with myself this year as I didn’t get as many of my outdoor summer projects done as I would have liked to but that’s ok because I either took notes, took pictures or bookmarked anything that caught my eye or interested me.

I want to share the top five summer projects that ended up on my “to do someday” list.

  1. Wire Whisk Butterfly- the tutorial can be found on dollar store crafts blog – it’s not only inexpensive, it’s quite an easy project – just the way I like them.

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2.  The next two things on this list are totally inspired by the blog Organized Clutter and her 2015 Junk Garden Tour – I just love this idea and was lucky enough to score some of these cast iron shoe molds at a vintage sale – happy, happy, joy, joy!!!

ORGANIZED CLUTTER 2015 JUNK GARDEN TOUR www.organizedclutter.net

3.  Being a vintage collector and a true blue junker, this soooo appeals to me. The only piece I have so far is the antique washing agitator, but it sure is going to be fun to source the rest of  what I will need – luckily I will have three seasons to hunt!

ORGANIZED CLUTTER 2015 JUNK GARDEN TOUR www.organizedclutter.net

4.  Insulated Mason Jar Bag by Sew Mama Sew. The tutorial is very well written and the pictures look like it will be easy to follow. I know these could be made and used any time of the year but I like the thought of using them on a picnic.

Insulated Mason Jar Bag

5.  I like the idea of upcycling an old light fixture into a bird feeder. Easy, simple and few supplies needed. This could be hung on a fence or a deck if you don’t have any big trees in your yard.

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Projects to look forward to…A Wandaful Thing indeed!

 

 

 

Summer spaces!

Hello, I have commandeered Wanda’s site as she is on vacation and asked me to guest post on overflow for summer spaces.  I have been thinking about shaking things up at my place.

I have a small balcony that measures 12 feet x 4 feet and have been very busy lately checking out ideas, online.  You can also find some pictures I have posted on my own site www.youcanalwaysstartnow.wordpress.com of options for small balcony spaces.  I love the use of rugs, cushions and extra storage (I won’t say for what but you’ll see when you check them out).

While looking around for balcony ideas I came across a few for larger areas and thought why not share over at Wanda’s as she is working away on her yard and always likes to check out new things.  So have a look and let us know what you think or if you have any ideas please share.

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So let summer begin with outdoor living, BBQ, good weather and fun friends!

I know Wanda will think it is A Wandaful Thing!! 🙂

4×4 Tiered Candle Holders for the Patio

I am a big fan of the blog One Good Thing by Jillee and on Saturdays she always takes what she calls a “sanity” break from blogging. I found myself in the same boat this week, needing a sanity break,  as I ended up with so much on my plate…. so I’ve resurrected a post from the archives which I hope you enjoy. Perhaps with the warmer weather on the way it might actually be quite timely as if you get started now you can enjoy these candle holders on your patio or deck all summer long!

Originally posted December 10, 2014

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Back in November (2014) We had a temporary “get us through the winter safely” fix up on our front door step  and I was so excited when I discovered there was left over 4×4 lumber.

So, just like back in October re the wooden pumpkins I made with the pieces of 4×4 that L cut for me.  Shown here…IMG_0660I had L do the same thing with the leftover 4×4 from the front door fix.  He cut and sanded for me 1 x 6″ high, 1 x 8″ high and 1 x 10″ high, only this time he drilled a hole in the middle on top using a 1 3/4″ spade bit for a tea light candle. Continue reading 4×4 Tiered Candle Holders for the Patio

Caramel Cones – Easy Microwave Recipe

 

Caramel cones

Two years ago my sister sent me an email with a picture that read “Remember these?”

Boy did I…but when we were kids they were always store bought.

I was beyond delighted when I continued to read and there was a recipe. It was easy, simple and made in the microwave (which meant easy clean up – YAY).  Continue reading Caramel Cones – Easy Microwave Recipe